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>> Spinning Reel for Bat Ray Fishing with Uglystik [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:36 pm
Starfish


Posts: 46
Location: SLO County

I'll be getting another 10-12ft Ugly Stik for bat ray fishing, and was wondering what the best spinning reel to pair it with would be. I'd like to use 30lb. mono or 50lb. braid as the line.
Any suggestions?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:28 pm
seabass_seeker


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Location: Clovis

Look up the Okuma Avenger baitfeeder reels. Good price, solid reel plus baitfeeder option.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:27 pm
Mahigeer


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If you buy Okuma, baitfeeder, make sure it is not with plastic body.

I won one at the last raffle at Catalina GTG. It looks heavy duty, but when I hooked a med. size bonito, the whole reel would wiggle back and forth as I would reel in the fish.

Unlike my Shimano metal housing reels.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:04 pm
seabass_seeker


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Location: Clovis

I believe the Avenger are graphite/composite body. Wobble back and forth? I wonder if that's a balancing design flaw.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:55 am
steveo


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Location: SF Bay Area

i use a baitrunner 6500 spooled with 50lb braid teamed up with a 10' ugly stick custom. The reel may be a bit on the expensive side.. but it's stood up to the abuse for many many years.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:54 pm
Starfish


Posts: 46
Location: SLO County

steveo wrote:
i use a baitrunner 6500 spooled with 50lb braid teamed up with a 10' ugly stick custom. The reel may be a bit on the expensive side.. but it's stood up to the abuse for many many years.


Yeah, the 6500 looked like the best choice. Does the braided line ever give you issues?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:44 am
steveo


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Location: SF Bay Area

Starfish wrote:
Yeah, the 6500 looked like the best choice. Does the braided line ever give you issues?


Only issue i ever had with braid was making the mistake of not using a mono backer on the spool before spooling up the braid. I managed to fix this while on Berkeley Pier when the braid started spinning around the spool with a bat ray on. Managed to get the fish in by holding the line still on the spool... but what a joke that was... Was the first time i spooled a reel with braid on my own.. a mistake i will never make again. Once the ray was in... that was fixed immediately.

Other then that... no issues with the braid line at all.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:08 pm
jcool


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Don't think Okuma Avenger will cut it, unless you want to fight them all day!!
Don't think you need an expensive reel, but you do need good line capacity for at least 40 lb braid and
a drag system with at least 15 lbs
(20 lbs better) .
I use a Cabelas Salt Striker. Works. No finesse
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:36 pm
Starfish


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Location: SLO County

jcool wrote:
Don't think Okuma Avenger will cut it, unless you want to fight them all day!!
Don't think you need an expensive reel, but you do need good line capacity for at least 40 lb braid and
a drag system with at least 15 lbs
(20 lbs better) .
I use a Cabelas Salt Striker. Works. No finesse


Why won't the Okuma Avenger be good enough? I was planning on getting the 65 version and loading it with 40# braid.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:05 pm
Sofa King


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Location: Danville Ca.

Avoid non metal reels. Get Yourself a Penn slammer if you need the bait runner or a Penn Fierce,Battle or any other all metal Penn. Non metal reels will wobble and the gears will blow.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:41 am
pinfish


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jcool wrote:
Don't think Okuma Avenger will cut it, unless you want to fight them all day!!
Don't think you need an expensive reel, but you do need good line capacity for at least 40 lb braid and
a drag system with at least 15 lbs
(20 lbs better) .
I use a Cabelas Salt Striker. Works. No finesse


Ya! haha, I have an old Cabelas Salt Striker which was a Pflueger clone. Its a tank! It hauls in Bat Rays a ok!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:08 pm
Starfish


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Sofa King wrote:
Avoid non metal reels. Get Yourself a Penn slammer if you need the bait runner or a Penn Fierce,Battle or any other all metal Penn. Non metal reels will wobble and the gears will blow.


So the Penn Slammer has the bait runner ability?

If not, the Penn Fierce looked like the best value for a metal spinning reel.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:26 pm
Sofa King


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Location: Danville Ca.

Starfish wrote:
Sofa King wrote:
Avoid non metal reels. Get Yourself a Penn slammer if you need the bait runner or a Penn Fierce,Battle or any other all metal Penn. Non metal reels will wobble and the gears will blow.


So the Penn Slammer has the bait runner ability?

If not, the Penn Fierce looked like the best value for a metal spinning reel.


yes to both questions.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:01 pm
jcool


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Starfish wrote:
jcool wrote:
Don't think Okuma Avenger will cut it, unless you want to fight them all day!!
Don't think you need an expensive reel, but you do need good line capacity for at least 40 lb braid and
a drag system with at least 15 lbs
(20 lbs better) .
I use a Cabelas Salt Striker. Works. No finesse


Why won't the Okuma Avenger be good enough? I was planning on getting the 65 version and loading it with 40# braid.


I only know about the Avenger, having a puny drag
Avenger BaitFeeder seems to be a different reel and I really don't know anything about it. Okuma website says 6500 has 22 lbs drag which would be adequate, but check it out
yourself.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:32 am
noname


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Location: Morro Bay

I had an Avenger Baitfeeder 6500. It did not hold up when I hooked my first large ray. 60lbs. +
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